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CSSS Santa Fe 2007

Fun to Be Had

Wednesday, June 27

Blues,Soul,and R&B

  • Join us for "Music on the Hill" at St. Johns college from 6-8pm for food and drink; this Wed is Blues, Soul and R&B by "Cathy McGill & Avatar". For more info see, schedule here.

Aussie Back-yard Cricket & BBQ night

To celebrate a number of birthdays in Week 4 (including one on the night) and soon after the workshop, we plan to play some easy-going 'back-yard' cricket (all welcome, no prior experience required (infact, an advantage)). Following this, we're going to fire up the BBQ on the spectacular 'Sangre de Cristo View' deck near the common rooms down campus, and have a good BBQ and drink or two Aussie style.

Interested?: (please add name to list for Aussie-catering): Simon, Dan, Ryan, Joe, James, Will B, Aaron, Amelie, elise, Kai, Vikas, Liz, Johan, Amir, Josh, Risi, Heather, Gregor, Jena, Monika, ...

  • Time: Cricket starts after return from SFI, BBQ from 6:30/7:00pm
  • Place: Cricket on the field on the road heading up St John's campus (there's a concert on the field), BBQ at the common-room deck
  • Cost: A $5 contribution to Ryan on the night will cover drinks and food for the night..
  • Rules for cricket:
  1. Can't get out first-ball
  2. One-hand, one-bounce
  3. Six and out
  4. Only one batsman at the crease at a time
  5. Bowling arm must be at most 15 degrees from vertical
  6. Witty heckling encouraged

Thursday, June 28

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Anyone up for theatre? We can see Wayne Cote strut his stuff as the lead.
The Santa Fe Playhouse, 8pm, student tickets $12. (Mike)


cricket anyone?

I've been getting some sniffs of interest in the game! I can probably arrange a bat here and we can play tennis ball cricket (I can also offer a tutorial on cricket ;) - for proper leather ball cricket, folks are welcome to practice with the UNM cricket club at Albuquerque coming saturday around noon! (dont worry, it's fun cricket and not professional quality either!), the club (and I) then travel to Colorado for a couple of matches 16/17 June; so if some are interested in a Colorado trip, let me know. [amitabh]

Sun, June 10: We had a nice little cricket session at the St. Johns ground today. What about onother one tomorrrow (Mon, Jun 11) sometime. I have some equipment here - bat, pads, stumps, cricket ball and also tennis balls. Amitabh Trehan

Photographers unite!

I have met quite a few avid photography enthusiasts here. Let's form a group. NM is a wonderful state for photography, maybe we can plan something! [amitabh]

I'd be happy to point you to some excellent places- we have no shortage here in NM. Lolly

I would love to join. The only problem is that I left my camera back home ! HELP ! Saleha Habibullah

Hey, that would be great Lolly !! I'd love to go see some beautiful places ! I'll be writing to you soon :) -- Amelie

I'm not much of a photographer yet, but I brought my camera, and I’m always looking for opportunities to practice. -- jd

El Farol and Other Places to Eat

Since the El Farol Restaurant and Bar has become immortalized in the complexity literature (The El Farol Bar Problem), we should check it out. BTW, some locals said the El Farol is a tapas bar and not a full restaurant. See below for more places.

Some locals told me about a few more great places to eat in town: Horseman's Haven and Bobcat Bite. I've also tried The Santa Fe Baking Co and it was great. One of the few great places open Sunday evening is Harry's Roadhouse.

For fine dining Geronimo comes highly recommended.

mountain biking

the dale ball trails starting from the back of st john's provide 22mi+ of what looks like pretty nice trails for biking (& walking!), plus there are many more excellent trails local and otherwise, and there is also a local bus for $2/day to access some of these. I know aussie simon has aquired a trusty steed and I also have a bike arriving so drop me a line if you keen to get amongst it - it is also possible to rent bikes in town, cheers, aussie dan

- yeeeeah. mike - talk to simon re: stealing a bike from him - dan

ok, my bike has turned up (finally) so am keen to have a hack at dale ball trails fri (15th) morn before breeky after losing my lungs and almost my dinner tonight. anyone keen to join? simon, can i borrow your 15mm spanner, I only trust finger-tightened pedals so much... dan

Anybody sticking around after the CSSS is over ?

I (Amelie) plan to stay in the region (NM, Colorado, ..) for a week or so after the school. The best would be to rent a car and visit with somebody from the school .. let me know if you're interested :) --Amelie

My wife and I will be staying around Santa Fe with some friends until after July 4th. I'd be happy to get together with anyone who's still around - best to get in touch over email or ask for my cell phone number - Aaron Frank

Grand Canyon?

Is anyone else considering visiting the Grand Canyon after CSSS?
Flagstaff, AZ is about 5 hours away, which is a good place to spend the night with GC a relatively short drive away. If other people are interested I could drive the long way home to Tucson passing by Flagstaff and spend a couple of days.
I was there a couple of years ago, but I didn’t have my camera with me then. I would like to fix that stupid mistake.
In any case, email me if interested. jd

btw, for those who asked, I checked and for the Grand Canyon the only thing that requires a permit in advance is overnight camping or overnight hiking.

I'll also be headed home this way and have nowhere to be until Monday, so I'm up for it. Vikas

Anyone for Bridge?

  • I realise this may be betraying my inner geek a little too much, but I was just wondering if anyone at the school was interested in getting together for a bit of just-for-fun bridge? If enough people are interested, then maybe we could organise a regular evening while we're here. It's a great game and should appeal to all complexity students! (9 out of 10 Grandmothers can't be wrong......!) Any takers, just get in touch with me! [Hannah]

You are a geek. I like playing 500. I would be up for learning Bridge if people are patient. [Ryan]

Have to admit that I played some bridge a loooong time ago... forgotten most about it by now though. But I'm willing to give it a shot (hope for your own sake that you're better in bridge than in pool Hannah ;D) [Johan]

its time to face facts: we all are geeks (you too have been tainted with this brush ryan!) and should be wallowing in it. can this session be titled "everything you ever wanted to know about bridge but were too afraid to ask?" if so, I am in [dan]

I'm sure I can manage to articulate the basics to a willing audience ;o) Hannah

- should we try for a further "refinement" on sunday evening? cheese and port?? [dan]

I know I missed the boat on the first night but I would like to learn this rule-filled game properly. I've played a couple of times many years ago so perhaps some cheese and port will jog my memory [Alex]

Foosball tournament

Not sure how many foosers we have out there, but it could be a fun thing to do one-on-one or doubles. Email me if you're interested. Vikas Shah

Overnight Hike

Andrew - not sure where to go yet, but it would be fun.

I have a one man tent, would be willing to purchase a 2-man tent if there were others interested in heading out.

I don't think I can go that weekend, but I have a tent that'll fit two people comfortably that I'm happy to lend to anyone who wants to go. [James]

yeah I could be keen - I haven't got any gear though (aside from boots, pack and water-resistant jacket). will talk turkey during week, dan

perhaps we could find a place to rent tents for the night? -mike

Very likely interested. Plans for a location? Have tent, sleeping bag, boots, car. I have a book of day hikes, but no good topographic maps for overnight camping. -Ben

I have good (35,000:1) topo maps of santa fe/los alamos area & mountain sports (i think this is the right name) in town rents tents (but not s-bags). how about we round table this say mon 17th/tues 18th?? [dan]

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Come and see our own Wayne Cote strut his stuff as the lead. It is at The Santa Fe Playhouse, with performances on Thurs, Fri and Sat at 8pm, student tickets $12, and Sunday at 2pm, "Pay What You Wish". Running June 21 - July 8.

Moved done stuff to bottom

Monday June 4th

  • at 7pm: soccer match @ the athletic field; be there! [Olaf]
  • Monday June 4th, 9pm, Polyhmynia 13, Scotch tasting, hosted by Ben Mazzotta

Wednesday, June 6th

Friday, June 8th

--I was up that way today. Took the high road and stopped at Chimayo - I thought the Sanctuaria de Chimayo was very, very cool. It is open 9A-6P each day. A little restaurant next door called Oleana's (sp?) serves up homemade tamales until 5P, Thurs-Mon. --Mollie

Saturday, June 9th

  • some time in the morning: Excursion to southern NM - Socorro and/or White Sands and/or Roswell. [Gregor] and [T1M]
  • Climbing excursion: If you're in, contact me at vikas.shah (at) so we can make plans. We'll be at [Las Conchas] or [Palomas]. Let me know which you prefer. I've been to Conchas, fun smaller area with an easy approach. Never been to Palomas, has a substantially longer approach. I have topos available for both; descriptions and some of the routes are described at the links above. [Vikas Shah]
    • Update 6/7 1:30PM : My car is full. If anyone else would like to come, we'll have to arrange for another driver to come.
    • Update 6/8 8:50AM : There was unfortunately an injury, and one of the people going had to back out. There's room for one more.

Hike to Nambé Lake, Saturday, June 9th

Folks: we will hike to Nambé Lake, which is a less-strenuous hike in the same area as Santa Fe Baldy. The guide book says the lake is a “special treat”, and there are apparently lots of wildflowers. It is a 5-hour trip (including lunch stop), 7 miles return. The plan is to meet at 9.30am in the usual spot (same place from where the shuttle buses take us to SFI).

The first ten confirmed people are: me (Ryan), Simon, Mike, Elise, Monika, John, Dan, James, Hannah, Fred…

Please add yourself to this list if you want to come (apologies if you gave me a verbal commitment and I forgot).

John has kindly offered to drive and we will also be renting one car. If you want to come and aren't on the list above, please figure out your own transport arrangements (I think Michigan Will might be driving too).

Please bring: lunch (we can stop at a store in the morning); water (2 litres); a raincoat; a warm jumper; decent footwear; sun protection.

Sunday, June 10: Join me for Church, 11am

I'm planning to go to visit a nearbye Baptist church, all are welcome to come. I will likely ride there. I can arrange another bike, or if we are many, perhaps a car. Please let me know below, or by email if you'd prefer. If you wanted to join me for Bible study on a one-off or weekly basis (this would be sitting round to read a passage of the Bible and discuss it) then let me know (again, by email if you'd prefer). All persuassions and questions welcome! Simon_Angus (s.angus AT

I'm interested in both, but don't have a bike or car to get to church... how far is it? Heather (hbeil AT

Sunday, June 10 - Hike up Atalaya

Anyone up for a hike this afternoon? I know a bunch of you are probably hiked out after yesterday's excursion, but if anyone would like to tackle Atalaya this afternoon, there is a group of us leaving around 3pm. We'll meet on the road by the dorms at the top of the hill at 3. Hope to see some of you there! ->Josh

Monday, June 11

===7:00 soccer=== perhaps low attendance due to the Matlab tutorial.

Tuesday, June 12

===6:30 ultimate=== @ soccer fields

Wednesday, June 13

===morning bird/wildlife walk=== Are you getting too much sleep? Do your days feel empty? Join us for a morning bird/wildlife walk. The general plan is to be on the trail by 6:00 am and return before the end of breakfast. If we have enough vehicles, the Audubon center at the end of Upper Canyon Road (just a few minutes' drive, no dogs allowed link) is probably our best option. If we don't have transportation, we'll just head up the trail near campus. Fred and I both have binoculars that can be shared, but if anyone else has a pair they can lend to the endeavor, that'd be great. I'll post more details as the week progresses and we get a better idea of who's coming. Drop me a line or leave your name below if you're interested. [James](james.battin at ===Join us for "Music on the Hill" at St. Johns college from 6-8pm=== for food and drink; this Wed is Southwest Jazz Orchestra by Big Band Jazz. For more info see, schedule here.

7:00 soccer

There is a concert on the soccer fields tonight, so we have to move the game.

The GAME IS ON. We're playing down on the fields by the public school on Camino de Cruz Blanca. Turn left out the front entrance of St. John's and left again. The fields will be on your right. It's a short walk from St. John's.

We'll play from 7:00 till dark, unless everyone goes to Rockmore's lecture.


===7:00 Getting Older... El Farol....=== the inevitable is looming large & I am once again "getting older". I will be marking expiration of my 30th year with traditional comiseratory drinks at el foral & all and sundry are welcome to chastise and deride. it will be a great night!! will be leaving st johns around 7, love to see you there, cheers,

old man dan

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but I think it is actually the end of your 31st year... I will be there to celebrate.


I can drive revelers over to the bar from Dan Rockmore's lecture - do you think you will still be there around 9:30 or 10P?? --Mollie

Actually I am planning on making Dan R's lecture too so I plan to be at El Farol from 9pm-ish onwards - of course, roll down for a drink beforehand if you want too!! cheers

dan (l)

I'll see if I can rally the soccer guys to head out after our game. --Ben

Thursday, June 14

Food and drink at "Cowgirls" on Guadalupe from 6-?

6:30 ultimate @ soccer fields

6:15 cricket (near soccer fields if there is space and enough interest).

Saturday, June 16

===Climbing excursion=== We'll be going back to [Las Conchas] or in the Sandias doing some trad/gear routes. Vikas, Josh, Kath, Olaf, Andy (?), elise (if there is space)

===Bandelier Nat'l Monument/Frijoles Canyon Trail/Los Alamos=== Anyone interested in hiking the frijoles canyon trail to the bandelier nat'l monument? The monument is a group of ancient ruins/caves/etc and supposed to be beautiful (and a quick drive). The Frijoles Canyon Trail is an "easy walk" to the ruins. It's also really close to Los Alamos... Heather (hbeil at

Me too. Mike W.

Sounds like a nice trip, I'll join you :-) /Johan

Me too, plus I have a car, if needed. -Chris

I'd like to go on a hike this weekend, count me in if it's just a day trip -Alex (alexhealing (at)

I'd like to join the group also. -Natasha

If there is room, I'd be in. -Will B. (wbraynen at gmail dot com)

I am in - Juergen

I'll be at the parking circle at 9 am - Chris

Kickball - Sunday, June 17 6pm

Come play the greatest game on earth. We'll be on the field by the gym.

Sunday, June 17

whitewater rafting in the taos box canyon.

  • note: this event is now closed.

june 16/17 - Overnight Hike Moved

Andrew - perhaps its better to put some more thought into this and do it the following weekend - June 23/24

i am interested, time permitting - dan

Monday June 18

Soccer at 7:00

On the field by the gym. Please bring a white and a dark shirt.

Tuesday June 19

Ultimate at 6:30

Beginners welcome. Please bring a white and a dark shirt.

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--Basketball-- St John's students are challenging us to a game of basketball starting at 6 30 @ the gym. All welcome.

Wednesday, June 20

Music on the Hill

Join us for "Music on the Hill" at St. Johns college from 6-8pm for food and drink; this Wed is "Ali Ryerson & The John Trentacosta Quintet". For more info see, schedule here.

Soccer at 7:00

Due to the concert, we'll be playing on the far fields. Left out the front entrance, left again, and look for the fields on your right. Should be a short walk from St. John's.

Ultimate at 6:30

Frisbee on the soccer fields.

Thursday, June 21

Birthday and Cultural Night

'All set' for the Cultural Night at 8:30 pm in the Great Hall ! BE there !

The 50th birthday ( Golden JUBILEE _!!! ) of one of the CSSS'ers is falling on June 21. Guess who ? Any ideas about a birthday cake, etc ?

How about we celebrate at "Cowgirls" w/ a cake, music, food and drink. --Luciano Oviedo 21:57, 10 June 2007 (MDT)

Let us celebrate it as Cultural Night in the Great Hall ( songs, etc from various parts of the world ) from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.

~~ If anyone wants wine for the event, you can go to SFI before 3PM today (June 21st) to pick some up. Please see Zach in the FSL

Friday, June 22 - People with children!

We have a reservation for 10 people, 6PM, at Cowgirl - out back in the "kiddie corral". So - the adults get to drink a beer and enjoy a meal in peace, while the kids wear themselves out climbing on the play structure. So far, Brian, Mollie, & Rhonda will be there with kids/ spouses in tow. And if you didn't bring anyone less than 4 feet tall to Santa Fe, you are still welcome to join us - but talk to Mollie so we make sure there are enough seats/ tables!

Birthday, Friday 22nd

So another year of procrastination has gone by - what better way to celebrate this achievement than going downtown and having a few drinks? Join me tonight from 9:30 pm at the Cowgirl (yes I know, not very inventive).


Meeting at the circle at 9:15 - we'll sort out transportation then.

Saturday, June 23

Santa Fe Rodeo

santa fe rodeo, 7pm

  • note: the seats in the car for this event are now fully booked.

Anyone else (including someone with a car) want to go? Joseph_Lizier

I'd like to go if there are still tickets (or space in Rafal's box) but don't have a car [Alex]

Atalaya Trail: In case there's anyone else like me who hasn't made it up our nearest peak I'd like to do it this weekend sometime, preferably with some company. [Alex]

Kickball rematch 7pm

Come join us for the game 9/10 schoolchildren prefer! We'll be on the upper field near the gym. AND we will have a wide array of the worst beer America has to offer.

Sunday, June 24

Offroad Biking

am toying with idea of biking offroad down from car park up at the ski lifts on sunday morning after breakfast - there are a few small climbs but the descent is predominantly downhill (~3500ft) on smooth singletrack under the aspen & is quite beautiful. total time would be ~2.5hrs back to st johns, I am currently in process of organising a lift to trailhead. post here if you keen, a reliable bike with fat tyres would be fine. [dan]

Sounds awesome but I need a bike - if I manage to rent one I'll let you know. [Alex]

talk with simon, kath or will re: bike - there are a few around st johns! [dan]